Art, local history, photography and adventures around Tongwynlais and Castell Coch

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Castell Coch Research Project screenshot Castell Coch Research Project - Cadw have launched a new project to crowdsource research about Castell Coch. Custodian Tim Parry explains, “We at Cadw would like to encourage proactivity whilst everyone is self-isolating. We are inviting local groups, communities and individuals – anybody who is interested, in fact – to come together and participate in a project about Castell Coch. ... more...
Ivy House farm, Tongwynlais, wide angle from yard, 7/4/2000 Mary Gillham’s Tongwynlais – Part 3 - If you’ve enjoyed the previous instalments of this series, then you’re in for another treat. This may be the final post in the series as I haven’t seen any new images added to the project recently. The images below take us from 1984 to the year 2000. All photos are from the Mary Gillham Archive Project. ... more...
Postcard of cottages in front of Castell Coch, Tongwynlais Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 10 - Welcome to the latest chapter in my series featuring postcards from Tongwynlais. This instalment features a view of the “Castell Coch Cottages”, which used to sit on the hillside beneath the castle and overlook the River Taff. These cottages can be found on the 1885 Ordnance Survey map of Glamorganshire. They were demolished in 1969 ... more...
Greenmeadow House Map 1837 Greenmeadow: A Country Home - I’ve been looking into the history of Greenmeadow House recently and I’m working on a detailed piece about the mansion and the Lewis family. In the meantime I thought I’d share these images from a 1910 story in The Cardiff Times and a summary of its history. The article from 19th February 1910 describes the ... more...
Old newspaper headline The End of the Castell Coch Inn - The Evening Express reported on Saturday 28th January 1905 that the Castell Coch Inn was demolished the previous day, despite protests from the tenants. The Inn was removed following an Act of Parliament for the construction of the railway between Cardiff and Pontypridd. This work also affected 30 cottages in the village. Mr and Mrs ... more...